It is useful to combine a striped candy with a wrapped candy. Vertical striped candies are suggested to be made. Work from the bottom as it may free liquorice locks and clear swirls.
Keep in mind that ingredients cannot drop down from even numbered columns, only from odd ones. When an ingredient starts in an even column look for an opportunity to bring it back on track. This is easier said than done, however, because of the liquorice swirls.
The difficulty varies depending on which column ingredients spawned. Hopefully, with a good board and some special candies, the ingredients will successfully drop down and fulfill the requirement.
If the first ingredient is not dropped in 8 moves, the second one will always spawn. If both of those are not dropped in the next 8 moves, the third one will spawn. Hence, on your eighth and sixteenth moves, try to make vertical matches in odd numbered columns.